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“Excellent food all around”

La Bella Vita & The Enoteca Lounge
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Ranked #1 of 25 Restaurants in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Waldo Ave.
Portland, Maine
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201 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Excellent food all around”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We started with appetizers; we had two the scallops with prosciutto and the eggplant. Both were excellent but portion size for price was small. The scallops were the small ones and there were only 4.

For entrees we had the Veal Scallopini and Fettucini Alfredo. Both were delicious, well presented and right sized. At another point we had the pizza for lunch and it was exceptional. The only flaws were, service could be really slow - which most of the time was not a problem because we were relaxing - but there were a few times when we needed to get onto our next event and it was irritating. Also we found the drink prices quite high. My recommendation: Add wheat breads for both pre-dinner bread and pizza dough options.

  • Visited February 2014
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David D, Manager at La Bella Vita & The Enoteca Lounge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Jswtraveler- Thank you for taking the time to tell us and others about your dining experience in LAbellaVita. We pride ourselves in delivering both quality food and memorable service. We are pleased that your stay at the Samoset Resort was pleasant. Your suggestion of having wheat bread and wheat pizza dough has already been shared with our culinary team. I am sharing your comments and concerns with our food and beverage management team in regards to timing of service staff and drink prices. We look forward to your return visit sometime in the future.
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English first
Ellsworth, Maine
1 review
“waiter”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

This was a girls night out! The ice bar was a great hit, other than being very cold! We had an excellent dinner at La Bella Vita. Chris was our waiter for the evening and he was excellent also!
Thanks for putting up with us!

  • Visited January 2014
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Springvale
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hope to come back”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stayed at the Samoset because of the Ice Bar. The place was packed. Which is really nice to see in the middle of winter on a extremely cold night. We had one drink outside and decided it was too cold so we went to eat at the restaurant. It was going to be a 2 hour wait! But Phil actually apologized and was very nice. So we hung out by the wood fired pizza oven and eventually got two seats. Casey was our server and what a great guy. The pizza we had was delicious. The service from everyone at the Resort was excellent. It made the stay very enjoyable and will likely bring us back again. We did have the breakfast buffet the next morning and it was amazing all the items you could get. Ate so much we skipped lunch.

  • Visited January 2014
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Rockland, Maine
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Dinner!”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We wanted a nice evening out, and it is exactly what we received. I made reservations ahead with opentable.com. The hotel was clean and inviting when entering. The hostess brought us to our seat. We both seemed a bit nervous at first because the place was very busy but the seats were perfect. It was just enough that it was away from the chaos. Our server was wonderful, she was friendly and attentive. The food, what can I say, amazing! The plating was outstanding, clean and crisp. My boyfriend had steak and gnocchi. Which was cooked just as he wanted. I had the Chicken Saltimbocca, very moist and delectable. We both had desserts. Overall, if you're looking for a place thats romantic, wonderful service, clean and amazing food. This is the place for you. Im one that says, I do not mind spending a little more to get amazing food, everything fits what you pay for.

  • Visited January 2014
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Rockport, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“La Bella Vita Restaurant”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

This was a night out with friends. We had excellent service from Chris and the meal was delicious. It certainly met our expectations and we will return as soon as we can.

  • Visited January 2014
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